Over last decade, the world has gone through major social and technological development. New laws are enforced, and sophisticated technological inventions have been deployed to monitor these laws. We claim that we are moving towards a stable social system, with freedom and rights imprinted in the shadows of everyone. Oh! There are some fanatically interesting combinations of reasoning prevailing in the country laws; and here’s the list of legalized and illegalized acts that divide adults, the 18 year olds, into mature, immature category.
At one place adults are allowed to vote, right to nominate the representative of people’s power; to drive, licensed to drive over the busiest roads all over the country; to fly, licensed to fly a commercial plane; to marry, allowed to share their life; and to die, ticket to serve the army. Till all these points, adults are responsible, mature, and all of a sudden, they are not allowed to buy a beer, because they’re not responsible, they aren’t mature enough to drink; amazing.
In 1984, under the National Minimum Drinking Age Act, drinking for 18 to 21 years old adults was illegalized. This action was taken to avoid under-21 road accidents caused by drunk drivers and to control the binge drinking behavior of college students. Firstly, under the act, youth, 18-21 years old, are not prohibited completely under the act. They are not allowed to drink freely as older people can (Hanson, 2000). Law statement itself has many discrepancies, as it’s not following actually what its title infers.
What clearly is the reason behind this law is ambiguous to the people and the law makers. All what’s observed is ‘No beer for under-21’. The real outrage started again in 2004, when the President of Middlebury College, Emeritus McCardell’s submitted a paper in NY Times, and highlighted the fact that underage drinking continues over the campuses, and regardless of law, drinking is not in control. (M. Baker, 2009). In 2006, McCardell founded a Non-Profit NGO, named Choose Responsibility, to favor the licensing of 18 years old drinking.
He argued that by allowing youngsters to drink, we can brought them forward on a platform and educate them about its usage. Rite now, by law, they are forced to drink behind the doors, and there’s no way we can really stop this by getting rebellious against our future (J. Cloud, 2008). There is a general argument that an 18 year old has less tolerance than the 21 year. In most of the cases, this is the case, but in the context we are talking, this is because a 21 year old can legally drink, and with time he has developed a sense of responsibility by practicing public drinking.
Until and unless an 18 year is not allowed to drink publically, how would he be a responsible drinker? Parents don’t guide youngsters, they rather prohibit them. By raising the minimum age limit of drinking, they have raised the age of ‘adulthood’. And youngsters under 21 are forced to attain ‘adulthood’ illegally. The ‘forbidden fruit’ always has more attraction than anything else, especially when you can eat it, and are forced, not to. In many public occasions, where all are drinking, the only one without a drink is not an adult!
This is creating a serious rebellious attitude in the youngsters and they, in retaliation, do anything they can to get the precious drink. The imbalances created by the law are forcing youngsters to take some extreme measures, and they consider it injustice. Many European countries have lower drinking age, and they have comparatively less social issues and alcoholic death rates than United States. By allowing lower age limit to drinking, law can supervise the drinking levels, and can adopt certain measures like free taxi service from pubs, to avoid road accidents and other drinking problems.
Same is the argument of many universities and colleges, that lowering drinking age will allow administration to educate and control the behavior of students, so that they could reduce the alcoholic death rates in the colleges. Understanding the problems related to alcohol, presidents and chancellors of many universities and colleges joined hands together to come with a public statement as Amethyst Initiative. Launched in July 2008, it highlighted the fact that underage drinking problem continues to prevail despite the Act.
They enforced the point that it is the time to reconsider the Act and come up with something more acceptable for the society, and educate youth about responsible drinking (M. Baker, 2009). This will also help them manage the drinking pattern of youngsters, as currently, due to the uncertainty of having an opportunity again, most of the youngsters drink heavily. Currently, according to a research, about 22% of students, under-age for drinking are heavy drinkers compared to 18% in legal age. This has increased sufficiently since the enforcement of act, it is the time to consider it again.
Many people argue that the solution to problem is not just the implication of drinking age to lower limits; it is also about how we communicate alcohol to the people. There should be proper educational bodies in place that make sure that alcohol is observed in accordance with the physical condition of the drinker. Law makers need to understand the psychology behind the consumption of alcohol observed by different age groups. This will help them device a better way not just to control the consumption of alcohol, but also the affects related to it. Today, eight youngsters die every day, on average, in U.
S. because of alcoholic overdose (Steering Away from Alcohol, Teen Growth, 2010). Rather than putting the next generation at stake, it’s better to control them with love and care, so that they understand the need of responsible drinking, against heavy drinking. An 18 year old can be witness; can join the jury; can be punished for any crime committed; can legally marry; can legally drive and fly; can join the army and make decisions of his own fate. Then why can’t he decide to drink on his own at this age? Minimum Drinking age was raised 26 years ago, and so long, U. S.
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